Motorcyclist Breaks Record By Crossing the U.S. in Less Than 39 Hours
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Motorcyclist Breaks Record By Crossing the U.S. in Less Than 39 Hours

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He crossed 2,829 miles in that time.

If you’re looking to maximize your vacation days, take a page out of Carl Reese’s book and ride your motorcycle from Los Angeles to New York—in a weekend. Or try, anyway.

As Wired reported, Reese just set the record for racing across all 2,829 miles of the continental U.S. in just 38 hours and 49 minutes. No word on whether he made it back to the office on Monday morning, but with a time like that, he could have.

This isn’t Reese’s first race—or first record. According to Wired, he has at least six to his name already, including entering the Guinness Book of World Records for the shortest charging time to cross the U.S. in an electric vehicle. That means that Reese and his two co-drivers made it across the country in an electric car with only 12 hours, 48 minutes, and 19 seconds of charging time. Prius drivers can give that a whirl over the next long weekend.

For his latest race, which he had been considering for two years, Reese took inspiration from the original 1914 Cannonball Run—not the 1981 Burt Reynolds film, but a dazzling feat of racing by Erwin “Cannonball” Baker, who crossed the U.S. in 11 days on an Indian motorcycle.

Such an undertaking can’t be done on a whim, and requires a great deal of planning. Reese started mapping out his route eight months in advance, researching historical data, and plotting the fastest path, departure time, and more. He also signed up for spin classes back in 2014, because riding a motorcycle requires a lot of core strength.

If you want to try and follow in Reese’s tracks, as Wired notes, he left L.A. at 3:15 a.m., took Highway 15 to Las Vegas, switched over to Interstate 70 and headed east through Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania before rolling into Manhattan at 9:04 p.m.

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